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Marianne Krasny

Marianne Krasny


221 Fernow Hall
(607) 255-2827

Marianne Krasny is a Professor and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, specializing in community environmental stewardship and environmental education in urban and other settings in the US and internationally.

Research Focus

As Director of the Civic Ecology Lab, I work with graduate students and colleagues to investigate engagement in and outcomes of civic ecology practices. I also conduct research on environmental education, in particular learning situated within civic ecology practices (e.g., community gardening, litter cleanups) and online learning. My research is informed by and contributes to trans-disciplinary perspectives in social-ecological systems resilience, environmental education, communities of inquiry, and social innovation. Current research projects include: application of climate change communication research in environmental education (with Anne Armstrong), knowledge generation in civic ecology practices (with Philip Silva, Eunju Lee, and Bethany Jorgensen), role of social networks in innovation in environmental education (with Yue Li), online and hybrid learning (with Bryce DuBois), and governance and policy outcomes of civic ecology practices (with Danny Rosenberg Daneri). I am also working with colleagues on six books to be published by Cornell University Press addressing the following topics: urban environmental education (lead editor: Alex Kudryavtsev), broader impacts of civic ecology practices, social innovation in environmental education, online learning for the public good (lead author: Philip Silva), climate change communication applications in environmental education (lead author: Anne Armstrong), and environmental education outcomes. I am particularly interested in the role of civic ecology practices and related learning in climate change mitigation and ecosystem- and community-based climate adaptation.

Outreach and Extension Focus

The Civic Ecology Lab supports community gardening, community forestry, participatory watershed restoration, shoreline and urban park cleanups, and other locally-organized civic ecology practices with community and environmental outcomes. We also support the professional development of environmental education and related professionals. To promote the work of civic ecology stewards and environmental educators, we facilitate online courses and communities that integrate research-based content, social networking, and hands-on projects. During 2017, we plan to reteach our edX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology, which also is available at any time for self-learning. We also plan to teach or reteach the following online courses: Environmental Education: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Addressing Wicked Problems, Urban Environmental Education, Introduction to Environmental Education, Environmental Education Outcomes, Climate Change Communications Research: Applications in Environmental Education, and Climate Change Science and Communication for Extension Educators. For updates, see

Teaching Focus

I do not teach undergraduate courses but have an active PhD graduate program. All PhD students engage in outreach or participatory action research with environmental educators or civic ecology stewards. During 2017, my students and postdoc are researching the following topics: online learning long-term outcomes (Yue Li); knowledge generation in civic ecology practices in New York City (Philip Silva); climate change communication research applications in environmental education (Anne Armstrong); adaptive co-management of Korean village groves (Eunju Lee); impact of social marketing on wildlife protection behaviors in Laos (Santi Saypanya); policy outcomes of civic ecology practices (Danny Rosenberg Daneri); microplastics monitoring and stewardship (Bethany Jorgensen); and developing a strategic plan for a climate change garden (Michael Roberts).

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow (2018) Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
  • MOOC--Civic Ecology: Reclaiming Broken Places (2016) Cornell
  • Public Voices Op Ed Fellowship (2015) Public Voices
  • Invited Plenary Address (2015) World Environmental Education Congress
  • Invited Plenary Address (2014) American Community Gardening Association

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Book Chapters

  • Chestnut, D., & Krasny, M. E. (2018). Countering environmental gentrification through economic, cultural, and political equity: the 11th Street Bridge Park. p. 194-212 Krasny, M E (ed.), Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
  • Abhyankar, A., & Krasny, M. E. (2018). From Practice to Fledging Social Movement in India: Lessons from "The Ugly Indian". p. 231-248 Krasny, M E (ed.), Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
  • Tidball, K. G., & Krasny, M. E. (2014). Introduction: Greening in the Red Zone. Greening in the Red Zone K.G. Tidball and M.E. Krasny (ed.), Springer-Verlag, New York, NY USA.
  • Krasny, M. E., Lundholm, C., Lee, E., Shava, S., & Kobori, H. (2013). Urban landscapes as learning arenas for sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities T Elmqvist, M Fragkias, J Goodness, B Güneralp; PJ Marcotullio, RI McDonald, S Parnell, M Sendstad, M Schewenius, KC Seto, and C Wilkinson (ed.), Springer, New York, NY USA.